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Church News

Friday, May 20, 2011

Big Walnut Missionary Baptist Church

The Big Walnut Missionary Baptist Church will have a Chicken and Noodle dinner Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Reelsville Volunteer Fire Dept.

The dinner will include vegetables, salads, desserts and a drink. A freewill offering will be taken.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I went to a friend's 75th birthday party this week. No, the cake did not have 75 candles on it, so we did not have to call the fire department. What I did notice while there was that none of the people there appeared to be 75.

There was not an "old" person present. Now I know that is difficult for "young" folks to understand, but you will be there someday. The people I observed were full of life, positive, forward-looking individuals. They were still waiting to "grow up."

My friend is the one that took a trip down the Mississippi River with us a number of years ago. Now her son has a boat and is planning a similar trip next summer. She is definitely going to be on that boat ... and they have asked me to go too. By then, I will be 80. What a way to celebrate that birthday!

My friend lives alone in a beautiful house that she and her husband built together. She mows her own yard, does her own work, and still teaches remedial English at the local high school. Everyone in her small town loves her and she loves them. One of her most difficult students did not come to her party, but she saw him slip a card under the door for her. That is love!

Do you have a positive outlook on life? Or do you tend to whine about how life has treated you? Has life really treated you that badly, or have you simply found that it is easier to whine than get up and do something about living? God did not tell you that your life would be perfect, but He did tell you that He would be with you all the way. There is an old song in an old hymnal at church that says "Look for the beautiful, seek to find the true; God and the beautiful will dwell with you."

We at church are planning our big yard sale for June 3-4. It will be along U.S. 40 at Pete and Beverly Taylor's home. Gather up all the things that you don't need or want and donate them for the sale. It will help you have a less cluttered house and it will help our church have a less cluttered financial outlook. We need all the help we can get. Even if you do not attend our church, if you would like to clean out closets, drawers, attics, garages, etc., donate your things to the church. Every little bit will help make it a great success.

On June 12 after church, the church folks are going to all go to the Hilltop Restaurant near Spencer to celebrate both Mother's Day and Father's Day together. We are all looking forward to a great day!

Tomorrow when you hear the chimes, leave whatever you are doing and follow the chimes to church. For one hour, give yourself to God; worship Him; thank Him; be receptive to Him. He will be there for you. The sign on the bulletin board right now says, "Been taken for granted? How do you think God feels!"

Harmony United Methodist Church

What if your pastor told you to stop praying? How would you react to that statement? That is exactly what happened last Sunday evening when the Harmony United Methodist Church started planning for a new worship service that will be led by the young adults of our church.

There were 15 young adults present to share a time of praise and worship and to begin developing a new worship service that will meet monthly. Those present were told to stop praying because today we tend to pray at God and not pray to Him.

In our present day of technology, we have begun to use too many words to say what we really mean. We have lost focus on talking and listening to God. The group was asked to imagine who God really is and what He means to them.

Following a video from the Creation Museum titled, "The Created Cosmos," those in attendance were asked if they fully understood the meaning of eternity and the holiness of God and how it related to them. We have been given a mission to help instruct and teach others about the love and grace of our Heavenly Father. But how can we do that if we do not understand it ourselves. Over the next few months volunteers will be visiting other alternative services and developing a worship team and a leadership team of young adults that will leading this worship service. The mission of this service is to connect the young adults in our area for a time of worship where they can connect with other Christians their own age, learn about the creator of the Cosmos and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We are in the planning stages of developing this new service. If you would like to be a part of this new team, please join us. Our next gathering will be Sunday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m.

The message this week will be "Peculiar People" the scripture will be 1 Peter 2:2-10. Worship service starts at 9 a.m., with Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. We have started a new Sunday School for young adults focusing on Answers in Genesis. Come join us. Welcome to our Family!

Bee Ridge Church

Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:

June 3, three of our members will graduate from Northview, Katie Cooksey, Hallie Harbison and Kristin Wright. Congratulations girls.

June 4, an early Father's Day Banquet at 6 p.m.,

June 11, We are having a yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Wow, you will be amazed at all the cool "stuff" that the members are parting with,

June 12, immediately following morning worship we have our annual Church Homecoming activities, stay tuned for details,

June 18, Jonah Fish Fry from 4-7 p.m. at Kennedy's Crossing Bingo Center. Mmmm, love those Fish Frys, and

June 25, "Super Saturday" Vacation Bible School from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All children are welcome.

Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-half miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road. We are the brick church on the top of the hill. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 a.m.

Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or visitors anytime. Come join us for worship.

Jeff Bridgewater is our Pastor, and can be reached at 812-241-3036 or e-mail: jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Union United Methodist Church

This Sunday, we will be recognizing and honoring the senior citizens in attendance. Those present will decide for themselves whether or not they are "senior citizens."

We celebrate each Sunday morning by starting together in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m., and then breaking out to our many Sunday School classes--one for each age group and four for adults to choose from. We come back together at 10:30 a.m., for worship, which is a blend of traditional and contemporary worship. This Sunday, Rev. Charnstrom's sermon will be based on the Scripture reading, Joel 2:18-29, and is titled, "Sharing Dreams For Visions."

Our youth group, known as "CIA" (Christians in Action) is busy making plans and preparing for the annual retreat and camp out, even now as the end of school and graduation are closing in. Our always busy Missions team is working on several projects, including the preparation of health kits to be sent to Japan for people left homeless by earthquakes and the tsunami. Mission work, supporting efforts to help those who are in need right here in Brazil as well as around the world, is at the very heart of our service as a community of faith.

We invite you to come and worship, come and serve, come and find peace and healing and friendship. Come. We are located on County Road 600 North, only one-and-a-half miles east of State Road 59, just across from the airport. You will be glad you came, and so will we.

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church hope all you mothers had a great Mother's Day. We want to thank June and Charlotte for the flowers that were given to the mothers that were attending church on Mother's Day.

Tomorrow is Angel Food pickup day. I want to apologize for the info for ordering not getting in the paper last week. I don't know what happened. Thanks to all for ordering. Remember the hours for the pickup have changed to 12:30-1:30 p.m.

A final VBS meeting was held after the worship service last Sunday. It is hard to believe that VBS is only a little over two weeks away. We hope you are planning to have your children attend.

The fellowship hall will be the site of a graduation reception for Taylor Payne tomorrow afternoon, who will be graduating from Northview. Taylor is a great asset to the youth of our church. She helps with the childrens' worship each Sunday and helps out with VBS each year.

We want to send out prayers for all those in need in any way. We also want to send out praise reports for answered prayers. God is good. If you have need for us to pray for you, don't hesitate to call the church.

We want to thank all those who help out at the church in any capacity. You are greatly appreciated.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us tomorrow.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Pastor: Father Harold W. Rightor II; revhwr@juno.com

E-mail for the parish office can be sent to annunicationchurch@msn.com.

Mass schedule: Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., Tuesday 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m., Thursday 9 a.m. Reconciliation is 5:45 -6:15 p.m. Saturday or by appointment.

Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed the first Sunday of each month at 8 a.m.

Rosaries are scheduled before Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass on most weeks. Check in your bulletins or call the church office.

To schedule time to see Father Harold please call the parish office, at 812-448-1901.

The church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., Brazil. Handicapped parking is available in the parking lot between the church and the Parish Center and also on Alabama Street.

If you have any news of interest to the parish please send me an e-mail at eaburt48@gmail.com. News must be submitted to me before Wednesday to get it in the paper on Saturday.


We also have a facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=grou....

Join us there to see what others are posting.

The Knights of Columbus are having another breakfast after mass Sunday. The proceeds from the breakfast go to charity and the food is very good. Join us for a good cause, good food and good fellowship. Oh, and ask the people in the pews around you to join you. You might just find a new friend or renew an old one.

Our thanks for all of the nominations for Parish Council, we are, however, having a problem getting people to accept these nominations. We need to elect three new people to the council, so if you want to help your church please call Laura back and accept the nomination so that we can actually have an election.

The Knights of Columbus are having another breakfast after mass Sunday. The proceeds from the breakfast go to charity and the food is very good. Join us for a good cause, good food and good fellowship. Oh, and ask the people in the pews around you to join you. You might just find a new friend or renew an old one.

A bad leak in the water pipes in the Rectory was discovered on Wednesday. It looks like some major repairs might be needed. Walls, ceilings and floors in the involved areas are damaged and probably will have to be replaced.

Thanks to the leak in the rectory we found a newspaper dated March 31, 1976. I showed a picture of the front of the church with lots of the concrete missing and the bare brick exposed. In the article Father Spicuzza stated that a recent lightning storm and an ice storm had done all of the damage. We persevered then and we will persevere now. Just pray for us.

Bingo has been doing okay recently, but we could always do better. Come out and play or volunteer to help then if you have so ideas for improvement you can let us know.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m., Speed games start a 6 p.m. Early Bird games at 6:30 p.m., and regular bingo begins at 7 p.m. We have a weekly Jackpot coverall worth $1,000 if you bingo on 55 numbers or less.

We always have door prizes and the last Sunday of the month we have a drawing for $100 from all of the door prize tickets collected for the month. Remember we are a no smoking facility, but we do have a covered smoking area. There is always good food available, so stop in and spend the evening with us.

First Baptist Church

"We have found the one whom Moses wrote about in the book of the Law and whom the prophets also wrote about. He is Jesus ...Come and see," said Philip. (John 1:45-46) We invite you to come and learn of Jesus at the First Baptist Church, 413 S. Walnut Street, Brazil.

This is our Donut Sunday Fellowship beginning at 8:45 a.m. You can come early for donuts, breakfast drinks and fellowship until time for Sunday School classes at 9:30 a.m. You may use the elevator to go down to the fellowship room and up to the sanctuary for morning worship.

Morning Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Mark Thompson. There is a staffed nursery available. The children pre-K through fifth-grade leave from the sanctuary for KidMo, an interactive Bible application lesson.

There is AWANA and Youth beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a full schedule of supervised activities until 7 p.m. There is also Adult Bible Study and Reflection beginning at 6 p.m. Choir practice will be at 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday Bible Study is the Sermon on the Mount which begins at 12:15 p.m., in the Fellowship Room. You can start the study at any time, so come down for the lively and informational study.

Also on Wednesday, the Music Committee will meet at 1:15 p.m., in the library.

The ROCK alternative worship service is Thursday at 7 p.m. The time is for the advantage of teens and young adults. You are all invited.

The men are looking forward to their Men's Night Out June 6. They are attending an Indianapolis Indians game. It's not too late for you to sign up.

Vacation Bible School is coming soon, June 13 is the starting date -- just four Sundays left! The theme is "Beach Blast." Have you signed up to help? If you have questions about any of our services call 448-8112.

See you Sunday!

Otter Creek Christian Church

Have you ever felt that God has forgotten who you were and surely didn't have a clue as to what problems you were going through? Guess what, our relationship with God does not have anything to do with feelings it has everything to do with the relationship we have with Him. You see God never moves away from us we either turn away from Him and don't pay attention to that relationship or we think we're smarter without Him.

In Jeremiah 29: 9-14 (read all of it) verse 9 says "for they prophesy falsely unto you in my name. I have not sent them.. ". . . verse 11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. V12 "Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me and I will hearken (hear) unto you."

V13: And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye search for me with your whole heart." v14 "And I will be found saith the LORD GOD. . . ."

You see God knows what kind of relationship we have with Him and also what kind He wants with us. Most human fathers would not intentionally harm their child, we see this action in parents who have not been raised to have loving relationships with their family or friends but it is not nor has it ever been a "normal" reaction.

We need to not try to control everything and let God take the control back. He's more powerful than any of us can or ever will be. Just like the birds of the field depend on him this day give your life back to Him. Openly, actively do the things you know to do that are right and let God take control of the rest. He'll give you guidance, but you need to be listening and be ready to move in love when you know it's the right thing to do.

Love is a choice and a verb. We have to actively love God, our spouse, children, friend and especially those who have treated us poorly. Take the chance with GOD all things are possible.

Otter Creek Christian Church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.

Phone numbers are 442-6500 (church) Pastor Steve cell after 4 p.m. daily; 812-249-3309 or 446-4007

Tuesday 10 a.m.: Ladies Bible Study at 12660 E. Grotto Road.

Sunday 9:30 a.m.: Bible Study (age appropriate classes)

Sunday 10:40 a.m.: Worship Service

Please be in prayer for our pastors, churches, young people, and those of our troops who serve to try to preserve the peace we have and freedoms we have. Thank you for your service men and women.

Peniel United Methodist Church

We are still one week away from the "official" Memorial Day weekend, but it is never too soon to remember those men and women who are currently engaged in the current war or all those who have served in the past. We are all guilty of feeling sorry for ourselves about rather petty things whether it is a little discomfort from rain, cold or heat or an ache or pain. We have so much to be thankful for. Without those past and the present veterans, we would not be enjoying the freedom and all the comforts of home. We thank you!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Alice Sawyer's family. She lost a valiant fight with cancer this week. She will be missed.

This Sunday's scripture is 1st Peter 2:2-10.

Pastor Pippin"s message will be "A Peculiar People!" and for the Children's Moment - "Sinners All."

The Town and Country Men will meet at 8 a.m., at Harmony May 28.

Items needed for the Food Pantry this week is soups.

Don't forget the Men's Banquet coming up June 4, at 6 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.

Everyone is invited for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and Church Services beginning at 10:45 a.m.

Peniel United Methodist is located on Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil. For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:

Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages; 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship

Children's Church (ages through third-grade)

This week's children's church teachers will be Brad, Kim, Conner Hapenny.

Wednesday at 7p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Study at the Church


A mission trip is being planned for July 31-August 5. The trip will be to Beverly, Ky. This area has three of the 10 poorest counties in the country. The cost of the trip will be $210 each which covers lodging, and meals. Please see Julie Pell for more information on this trip.

The Annual church camp, "JeKeNSa", has been set for July 17-21 for this year, We need a lot of adult help to allow this camp to reach the hearts of young people. Think about what YOU can do.

Vacation Bible School will be June 12-16, in the evenings.

The Help-A-Family-At- Christmas yard sale will be held on today from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. if you have anything for the sale, please bring it to the church basement before May 20.

Last week's question: God is described as physically writing three times in the the Bible. Upon what did He write the third time? The correct answer is A Wall. Daniel 5:5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. Daniel 5:5-12 will reveal what God wrote on that wall. This week's question: For what miracle did Moses neglect to give God credit? The answer is in Numbers 20 email me your answer, pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

I would like to thank all of you for your prayers during Leo's surgery. A big Thank you to Julie for sitting with me at the hospital until it was all over. He is recovering and doing well.

2 Corinthians 4:7: But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8: We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9: persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10: We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

We are located two miles north of U.S. 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of State Road 59 on Rio Grand Road.

Church Phone Number: 446-0531.

If you do not have a church home we invite you to worship with us.

We are a Non-Denominational church that worships God through Jesus Christ.

Carbon Baptist Church

On Tuesday, May 24, the Ladies Ministry will be at the home of Diana Lancaster at 6:30 p.m. A carpool will be leaving the church at 6 p.m., to go to her home.

Looking ahead, our Vacation Bible School will start on June 12-17.

The theme will be "Big Jungle Adventure." The closing program will be Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m.

On June 10, the Ladies Ministry is planning a trip to Chicago. The train leaves from Crawfordsville, at 6:50 a.m., and returns at 10:30 p.m.

Our Sunday School hour begins at 9:30 a.m. Our Worship hour begins at 10:30 a.m.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened the services with greetiongs and a prayer of praise and thanks. He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey whom led the congregational singing. Brother Thomas then called for tithes and offerings and led the doxology.

Our special number in song was "We'll talk it over," with Eddie Dickison singing and playing his guitar. The congregation appreciated it very much. Eddie keep playing those specials for us!

Brother Thomas opened then prayed for the sick, shut-ins, spoken and unspoken and our military.

Pastor Thomas opened his message telling us that the hardest thing in the world is to ask "forgiveness," and the next hardest thing is to "forgive" someone.

Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."

It's a good thing we are not on the same level as God. Forgiveness is not from men, it's from God. Forgiveness and forget, It's not all that easy to do. Man, many time, says "I forgive you," and then thinks "but I'll not forget you." When God says "I forgive you, he forgives and forgets. We don't do do that. We often never forget. It's hard to go to a person and say, "I'm sorry." Our pride gets in the way and we don't go to the Father and ask for the forgiveness. When a person keeps doing you wrong time after time, how can you forget?

God wants us to do our best to forgive and forget. It's the heart that God sees. When a person comes to you and asks for forgiveness. You cannot see his heart and you have to do your best to forgive them.

Seventy times seven, Matthew 18:23-25, the story of the unforgiving debters. We should not dislike the person whom wronged us, but dislike what they do. Only with God's help can we accomplish our goal of forgiveness. Did we not hurt the "one" God loves?

You're not forgiven unless you ask for it. You pay for those who wrong you and above all most don't see the wrong you do to others. We acknowledge our need for forgiveness.

We have to applaud our Ladies for their S.I.S (Sisters in Spirit) as our church family ladies meet the second Thursday each month and plan on needs of the church, banquets, activities and just for the ladies to connect.

Pastor's wife, Beverly says the get-together helps us all.

The ladies enjoy their Bible Study on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m.

Our church is undenominational and "you" are invited to Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Worship at 6 p.m.

We are located at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

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